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Feature: Sellas Tetteh finds new 'magic' shirt at U20 World Cup

Published on: 08 July 2013
The new lucky 'la coste' shirt of Sellas Tetteh

By Ameenu Shardow

He did it four years ago with a signature shirt and with a highly talented team. It now appears Sellas Tetteh is well on his way to doing it again but this time around with a different ‘magic’ shirt.

The former Rwanda coach has quickly abandoned the shirt he wore for Ghana’s first two games at this year’s U20 World Cup in Turkey which ended in defeats.

He is nowadays spotting a more colourful ‘la coste’ shirt – one he started wearing when the Black Satellites crashed USA 4-1 in Ghana’s final group game which helped the team qualify for the first knockout round.

For those who don’t know, coach Sellas Tetteh is very religious, superstitious and philosophical to the extent he is very careful with what he wears on matchdays.

An over-joyed Sellas Tetteh in his brown shirt back in 2009

Four years ago, it was an executive brown shirt with the sleeves folded just above the elbow and a gold chain with a ball crown to match.

It did the trick, Ghana won a historical U20 World Cup – Africa’s first in Egypt.

Four years on, it was another executive shirt, this time blue, sleeves folded, the same gold chain but a disastrous result in Ghana’s opening game against France.

A 3-1 defeat to Les Bleuets was not the script many had in mind considering Ghana’s rich history in this competition.

He didn’t lose hope, Tetteh donned the same shirt in Ghana’s second game and alas, another defeat to Spain albeit with a vastly improved team. It was time to change something, something very important to the giant soft-spoken figure.

I remember interviewing Tetteh back in 2009 after the team had returned with the trophy over his choice of clothes at the World Cup and he made particular reference to the shirt.

“It is my lucky shirt and we always win when I wear it so the more I wore it, the more we won,” he said.

Need I say more about the importance of a shirt?

Tetteh had to abandone and stay away from this shirt after Ghana's disastrous start at the World Cup

Just like Zambia coach Renard Herve spotting his favourite white Hollywood shirt in the Chipolopolo’s surge to African Cup of Nations triumph in 2012.

I don’t see him wearing the same shirt nowadays, probably the reason why the team has been so useless of late.

Maybe I am blowing things out of proportion but the fact remains that Ghana has not lost a game at the 2013 U20 World Cup with Sellas Tetteh wearing his colourful ‘la coste’ shirt.

Perhaps the French team should organize for its theft or something because per the facts on the ground and of course per the team’s significant improvement rate, they are on their way out of the competition.


This article has 16 comment(s), give your comment
  • Ghana: Africa's Hope says:
    July 08, 2013 02:20 pm
    Then, this story is in bad taste and it's worthless. I hate when people take advantage of others. Sellas won 2009 U20WC and TB Joshua took advantage to take the credit, again, this is another nonsense.
  • Ghana: Africa's Hope says:
    July 08, 2013 02:12 pm
    Thank you, most African believe in every nonsense. If magic can play soccer then India would have been world champions. Even Benin is known for juju but where they in soccer?. All the credits goes to the players who sacrificed their health - did anyone see the kick on the head of Assifuah? was it the magic shirt that caused this career threatening kick? Oh Africa, we must thank God for the good things we enjoy.
  • Etnico says:
    July 08, 2013 08:58 am
    Mr Silas please try to encourage the boys to impact more energy on the field of play...Since Fench side are strong thanks
  • ataa nmai says:
    July 08, 2013 09:18 am
    Aha! I was talking about this yesterday. The "juju" shirt :-)
  • Viper says:
    July 08, 2013 09:26 am
    I think it is now safe to say,the GFA should make Mr.Silas Tetteh, the director of football for our youth teams,HE should be in charge of team management as well as recruiting of players and technical staff for youth tournament,the MAN deserves BETTER.I DOFF MY HAT.
  • Emmanuel Adu Poku says:
    July 08, 2013 03:08 pm
    i am happy with kind of commitment and spirit of determination the guys showed on the field. Continue with the hard work and we know u are comming home with the cup.
  • a gyan says:
    July 08, 2013 05:36 pm
    oh please people....lets give credit for human passion for hard-work and success which of course all comes from god!....But oh these boys worked their butts off GIVE THEM CREDIT NOT THIS MAGIC NONSENSE
  • muosa fabregas says:
    July 08, 2013 05:38 pm
    Praise be to God.
  • GH Panther says:
    July 08, 2013 01:47 pm
    The story is in a lighthearted mood. successful people all over the world have something perculiar abt them which people may call a lucky charm but there is nothing to it. We shd not read meaning into it knowing how strong and spiritual a christian borbor is.
  • Goodyman says:
    July 08, 2013 01:09 pm
    Bo ho bio
  • Sam Praise says:
    July 08, 2013 12:56 pm
    @nico what are you writing? The man never attributed anything to his la coste or any other dress, we are only sighting what he could probably be doing, either knowingly or unknowingly. Now my point, it not about superstition, coaches all over the world have one or two preferred mode of dressing for their matches, Bobo is highly spiritual and as such will never attribute his success to la coste, yes you could have a particular lucky shirt but its your prayer and hard work that works!
  • Bobovic says:
    July 08, 2013 12:49 pm
    we beat u. end of story. luck or no luck. go back to chilli :-) excuse the pun
  • nico says:
    July 08, 2013 11:08 am
    Sellas why,i thought u said it was God,now ur lacoste.can a lacoste determine a win or a lose?ok put on de lacoste and let the players sit down on de pitch to see whether u win or loose.dont boast yet cos we have a lot to do.more corrections to be made abd u are here talking of lacoste.ei what a sin unto God.i think de french team are now planning to burn dat lacoste.
  • lalasu says:
    July 08, 2013 11:05 am
    Pple n superstition. everything is attributed to something, nothing just dont when will we erase such ideas from our minds n look at the positive side of everything we do...some say we dwell luck. let me ask, was it luck that was kicking the balls into the post or the players?
  • Anane Suarez says:
    July 08, 2013 10:37 am
    sellas tetteh you are such a lucky man yh. Ghana won their match against Chile out of luck.
  • necy says:
    July 08, 2013 10:19 am
    This is no magic issue! Be thankful to God for his grace!!